PHNOM PENH –On Thursday (May 3), Cambodia recorded 841 new cases, but Premier Hun Sen had ordered an outright lockdown in Phnom Penh, the capital of the country, and said that lock-ups would only take place in areas where infections had arisen.
South East Asia has one of the world’s smallest caseloads of Covid-19, but infections have now climbed, with a total of 106 deaths, from approximately 500 late February to 15,361. 730 new cases were reported on Sunday and 841 on Monday were the second highest daily. On April 15, the authorities put Phnom Penh and the neighboring city of Takhmau in hard lockdown, with most cases recorded.
“The Royal Government has issued a decision to end the lockdown … from May 6, 2021, replacing it with new measures aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19,” Hun Sen said on Facebook.
So essential to continue our collective actions to suppress the virus in #Cambodia. The virus is still circulating and we all hope that #COVID19 situation is getting better soon. Relaxing #COVID19 measures too fast and too soon means a possible surge... https://t.co/9mzok4cEnS— Li Ailan (@DrLiAilan) May 2, 2021
Under the lockdown, authorities declared some districts “red zones”, banning people from leaving their homes, prompting anger among residents and human rights groups over inadequate aid distribution.
Li Ailan, representative of the Cambodian World Health Organization (WHO), warned too early Sunday of the relief of the Covid-19 curbs.
“Relaxing #COVID19 measures too fast and too soon means a possible surge,” Li said in a tweet.